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Robert Gilliland (seated), a retired test pilot for Lockheed Martin, holds up his “Bronze Skunk,” which was presented by LM employees, Steve Justice (right), Director for Advanced Systems Development, the Skunk Works’ Advanced Design Group, and Kent Burns (center), ADP program manager and former SR-71 reactivation chief engineer. Gilliland was at the helm of the first flight of an SR-71, which took place Dec. 22, 1964 from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.The first SR-71 to enter service was delivered to the 4200th (later, 9th) Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., in January 1966. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

PHOTO BY: Rebecca Amber
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